Maskarad automatically detects facial features without any marker setup.

Maskarad automatically detects facial features without any marker setup.

Maskarad automatically detects facial features without any marker setup.

Maskarad automatically detects facial features without any marker setup.

Maskarad automatically detects facial features without any marker setup.

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 Maskarad runs in Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7

    

Automatic markerless facial performance capture software for Windows

 

Whether you're creating games, or producing animation for TV or film, Maskarad lets you easily create expressive, realistic facial animations from video. In fact, Maskarad automatically converts the details and nuances of an actor’s video to animation data ready to be used in your favorite 3D package to easily animate your own character rig.

Maskarad uses state-of-the-art technology to automatically locate and track head motion as well as facial expressions and precise lips movements. No messy or cumbersome face marker setups, no expensive dedicated hardware and no need to outsource any part of your pipeline. Just a simple video file featuring an actor performance is all you need to create lifelike facial animations.

Maskarad not only analyzes video files, it also processes the audio track and precisely detects the phonemes timing of the actor speech. Maskarad takes lips animation to the next level by using an intelligent phonetic engine to break down audio tracks cleanly. It automatically detects phonemes and has an impressive language support that can handle almost any language including English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian and German.

Maskarad is a standalone Windows application that can easily be integrated in any production pipeline. Select a video and Maskarad will quickly output motion capture files ready to be imported in your favorite 3D applications including 3ds max, Cinema4D, Lightwave, Maya, Softimage and MotionBuilder.

Maskarad animation data works on just about any character rig, from blend morph shapes to bone-based rigs as well as complex custom rigs, your character will have never felt so life-like that quickly.

I've tested and used a lot of 3rd party software in my years of production on
some of the best games of all-time like Bungie's Halo 3, Ubisoft's Spinter Cell and Prince of Persia to name a few. My hat goes off to the team over at Di-O-Matic for nailing it with Maskarad! It's insanely simple, it output results in a fraction of the time it used to take me to produce facial animations.


Jonathan Abenhaim
Senior freelance character animator

 
   

Maskarad provides a remarkable solution for doing facial motion capture. It is remarkably fast and easy to use.  It lets animators use their own video cameras or existing video files from any source to create motion capture files that make use of markerless tracking as well as phoneme analysis.


Lee Dickholtz
Meta Motion

 

With Maskarad, you get everything you need to perform markerless facial performance capture, this includes:

- Track every and anyone, from all ethnicities, all ages and fully supports facial accessories like facial hair, glasses and percings.

- Accurate head positioning, able to track fast head movements and head rotations.

- Accurate markerless facial features detection, fully automated without any complicated marker setup.

- Interpolated shapes data, automatically output animation curves to easily control facial poses using morph targets or blend shapes.

- Phonetic detection support most languages, including English, French, Spanish, Japanese and many others.

- Input wide range of video formats, including Quicktime, AVI, and MPG formats.

- Output numerous motion capture file formats, including FBX, C3D, BVH and HTR

- Rig independent set-up, full support for any type of facial rigging including bones, blend shapes, morph targets, and complex custom rigs.

- Float Licensing, so you can easily share licenses across your network.

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Maskarad outputs motion files ready to be imported in your favorite 3D applications including 3ds max, Cinema4D, Lightwave, Maya, MotionBuilder and Softimage.

The process of mapping the motion data files to your own character rig is called 'motion retargeting'. Most 3D applications offer many options for retargeting motion. From simple retargeting options to advanced weight-able constraints setups, you should be able to find numerous motion retargeting options to suit your specific production needs in most 3D applications. Once the data is imported, you can use the tools offered in your 3D software to connect your character rig to the performance capture animation data produced by Maskarad.

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Maskarad comes at the time of purchase with a 12 months complimentary Premium support package.

 Version 1.3  04/19/2012
 
* Enhanced Pose Estimation Data curves
* Improved lip sync animation curves
* Initialization of Quicktime movie file could fail: fixed

 
 Version 1.2  10/14/2011
 
* 2 additional virtual facial markers: Upper Eyelids
* New feature allowing to define the FOV of the video before tracking for higher accuracy
* Numerous exporters improvements and bugfixes: FBX, C3D and BVH
* Additional FBX export feature: Renamed Shapes Interpolation Data to Pose Estimation Data
* Additional FBX export feature: Implement a 3D Camera
* Maskarad Batch: command line version of Maskarad now available for purchase

 
 Version 1.1  05/18/2011
 
* Reduced executable file size
* Faster performance during tracking
* New feature allowing to cancel tracking using the ESCAPE key
* Head positioning issue in .FBX file: fixed
* Double click to open .MKD file could fail: fixed
* Numerous issues with .WMV files: fixed

 
 Version 1.0  02/22/2011
 
* Initial release
 

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